‘Right to Repair Act’ Gains Backing

October 21, 2005

Congressional support for the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (H.R. 2048) has reached 61 co-sponsors, according to Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). The proposed legislation gained 10 new co-sponsors in recent weeks.

“We want to thank the most recent 10 co-sponsors for supporting this vital piece of legislation that benefits every consumer who owns a vehicle as well as every small business owner in the automotive aftermarket,” said Schmatz. “The growing support of the Right to Repair Act shows that Congress is taking this piece of legislation very seriously and wants their constituents to have the right to choose where to have their vehicles serviced and repaired.”

The 10 new legislators now supporting the “Right to Repair Act” are Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), David Price (D-N.C.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), Clay Shaw (R-Fla.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

The “Right to Repair Act”, which was introduced by Reps. Joe Barton, (R-Texas), Edolphus Towns, (D-N.Y.) and Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), would require the car companies to make the same service information and tools capabilities available to independents that they provide their franchised dealer networks.

Architects of the Right to Repair Act added new language this year to clarify that car company trade secrets are protected unless that information is provided to the franchised new car dealer. The new language also clarifies the responsibilities of the Federal Trade Commission in enforcing the bill’s requirements.

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